Wednesday, September 19, 2018
Letters To The Editor

Letters to the Editor for Sept. 29

Office help was lacking

So I'm a little confused. The online outage map shows Hernando County with a 0.02 percent outage from Hurricane Irma. It took eight days to get our power back.

The roads on either side of us were repaired after three days, and we were skipped over for an unknown reason. You get zero answers from the office if you inquire about a repair schedule.

God bless all those repairmen, supervisors, tree cutters, etc. My anxiety would have been greatly relieved if office personnel could be a little more helpful instead of telling me, "I see how many times you've called," which was "a few." Just sayin'.

L.J. Phillips, Brooksville

County settles on 2017-18 budget including slight tax rate hike | Sept. 22

Bring back impact fees

Hernando County commissioners want to raise property taxes. They refuse to reinstate impact fees.

As I understand it, the impact fees were dropped to encourage shopping malls and home building to increase. The shopping malls were to increase revenues.

As I understand it, impact fees are to cover the infrastructure and other services that the increased structures require.

According to Business Insider on March 5, "Dying shopping malls are wreaking havoc on suburban America."

What funds you are using for our infrastructure I don't know.

Kroger Co, KR, GalleryView/Free Charts/StockCharts.com shows the grocery store at a high of $41.65 now $21.13.

Bed Bath and Beyond Inc., BBBY, shows the stock at a high of $79 now $27.03.

I am presenting this information to give a basis of why I want you to discourage more shopping malls by reinstating impacts fees to the highest allowable.

Please reinstate impact fees.

Joan Lynch, Spring Hill

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Wednesday’s letters: How home rule can help fight Red Tide

Red Tide on march | Sept. 18How home rule can help fight Red TideAt the end of 2005, as Red Tide ravaged the beaches and intracoastal waterways of Southwest Florida, volunteers from the Suncoast Sierra Club formed a coastal task force to begin de...
Updated: 9 hours ago
Cartoons for Wednesday, Sept. 19

Cartoons for Wednesday, Sept. 19

Editorial cartoons from Times wires
Published: 09/18/18

Tuesday’s letters: Honor Flight restored my faith in America

Dogs are the best | Letter, Sept. 15Honor Flight restored my faith in AmericaJust as I was about to give up on our country due to divisiveness and and the divisions among its people and politicians, my pride was restored. As a member of the recen...
Published: 09/17/18
Updated: 09/18/18

Editorial cartoons for Sept. 18

From Times wires
Published: 09/17/18

Column: We’re measuring the economy all wrong

Ten years after the collapse of Lehman Bros., the official economic statistics — the ones that fill news stories, television shows and presidential tweets — say that the U.S. economy is fully recovered.The unemployment rate is lower tha...
Published: 09/17/18

Monday’s letters: Are we paying for the wrong kind of military today?

$1 trillion here and there | Letter, Sept. 16Are we buying the right defense?I am weary of politicians of all persuasions handing our military a blank check — in particular the conservatives who rail against budget deficits and want to cut discre...
Published: 09/14/18

Sunday’s letters: Many laws increase our liberty

‘General welfare’ includeshealth | Letter, Sept.15Someone will pay for itMany politicians are making Medicare for All the cornerstone of their campaign. Many think tanks even say the government will save money, but they neglect to say how.Medicar...
Published: 09/12/18
Updated: 09/14/18

Saturday’s letters: The Constitution’s promise to promote the ‘general welfare’ includes health

Medicare for All is a path to ruin | Letter, Sept. 14‘General welfare’ includes healthThe preamble of the U.S. Constitution states that in order to form a more perfect union, several things needed to be assured. One of those is to "promote the ge...
Published: 09/12/18
Updated: 09/14/18

Friday’s letters: Medicare for All might lead to Medicare for None

Nelson cautious on Gillum views | Sept. 12Medicare for All is a path to ruinThe utopian idea of Medicare for All being free health care with all the trimmings is a hoax. Sooner or later, the resources required to pay for this single-payer system ...
Published: 09/11/18
Updated: 09/13/18

Pasco Letters to the Editor for Sept. 7

Re: Pedestrian deaths rising again | Sept. 7This is no surpriseIt is surprising that more people aren’t killed trying to cross U.S. 19 on foot.I often cross U.S. 19 at Flora to get to Home Depot or Holiday Mower. This involves first looking back...
Published: 09/10/18